PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A rapper convicted of fatally shooting a Philadelphia police officer is scheduled to be executed Jan. 8.

Gov. Tom Corbett signed a death warrant Friday for Christopher Roney, known as Cool C.

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The 44-year-old Roney would be the first person executed in Pennsylvania since 1999.

He was convicted of first-degree murder in the Jan. 2, 1996 death of Officer Lauretha Vaird during a bank holdup.

Roney, who had rap hits with “Glamorous Life” in 1989 and “Life in the Ghetto” in 1990, has maintained He’s innocent.

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Corbett also authorized the executions of Mark Duane Edwards on Jan. 13 and Dennis Reed on Jan 15.

Edwards was convicted in the 2002 shooting deaths of a couple and their pregnant teenage daughter.

Reed was convicted of fatally shooting his girlfriend in 2001.

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